About Jennifer Bradley, Certified Coach & Registered Career Development Professional
Hello. I’m Jennifer Bradley.
My mission is to help professionals, through coaching and consulting, to move forward in their personal and professional lives. If you’d like to know a little about my personal career journey, read on.
My First Career Destination
A career in nursing was my first destination. Like many 17-year olds, I didn’t think too far ahead. I began training, learned a lot, and had some great colleagues. Since nursing qualifications are “portable,” I was fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work in New Zealand for a year. It is said that travel changes you forever. That was true for me. After about ten years in my first career, I knew that I needed a change. But what to?
Figuring out the “what next” question wasn’t instant.
In his book, “Narrative Coaching,” Dr. David Drake writes: reconfiguration is only possible for those who have stepped onto the path.
In hindsight, my tiny first step on to this new path was signing up for a 6-week “Return to Study” evening class. This gave me the confidence to begin degree studies, and eventually earn my doctorate in organizational psychology and get a full-time university faculty position.
In this role, I stayed connected to health through my students and my research. I taught applied psychology to students in health, social sciences, and business. My research focused on workplace well-being.
During this time I completed my qualification as a practitioner psychologist and collaborated with the University Careers Service to integrate careers management into the curriculum for students gaining Masters degrees in health-related professions.
A Different Path
Sometimes we step on to a path that we work to create. Other times, life events offer unexpected paths.
For me, an international family relocation to the United States became my new path. A new country. A new culture. New opportunities. It was time to discover how to adapt.
A New Beginning
I began by joining a team at Portland State University researching work-life and family transitions. A few years later, a relocation from Oregon to Texas was the catalyst for my current role.
I decided to focus on helping professionals overcome obstacles to where they wanted to go in their careers and work lives.
A Focus on Career and Work-Life Transitions
I gained credentials in coaching, career transitions, and career communication by completing coaching training and specialist career-related certifications from top-industry trainers.
I joined Career Thought Leaders (an international consortium for career industry professionals) and added registration as a Career Development Professional to my Practitioner Psychology registration.
Today I combine my personal and professional experience and training to help individuals navigate challenging changes in their career and work lives. The benefits of modern technology allow me to serve clients in both the US and UK.